We’re always on the lookout for great talent…

Role: Product & Innovation Manager

USN is a dynamic leading retail brand for sports nutrition. Our ethos of #CHALLENGEYOURSELF defines the way our team embraces every piece of work, every project, every day. We have a fantastic opportunity for a Product & Innovation Manager to join our Marketing team.

Reporting directly to the Marketing and Innovaton Director, you will be responsible for driving the product innovation pipeline across Europe, leading development projects that are in line with the brand and business strategy. Working closely with internal teams including Sales, Marketing and Supply chain, you will not only be the owner of existing projects but you will also utilize competitor and market intelligence to propose new products for technical development and commercial exploitation.

Main Duties & Responsibilities: 

Takes ownership of the development programme from concept through to launch, ensuring projects run smoothly within time frames and costing specifications.

Manages the critical path process, research and sources new ingredients for sports nutrition supplements and nutritional foods, ensuring ingredients and nutritional requirements conform to current legislation.

Manages end to end packaging development projects including artwork ensuring thorough legal checks and sign off.

You will own the company’s European product portfolio making recommendation for rationalisation and expansion based on commercial insights, market opportunities and trends.

The company is also looking for someone who is continually evaluating market trends in products and packaging, monitoring customers and competitors then putting forward ideas and concepts that can be speedily brought to market.

The role is generally office based although it will require considerable interaction with and occasional travel to ingredient suppliers, third party manufacturing sites, consumer shows/exhibitions and industry events

Attending customer meetings to support the Sales team presenting new products as well as presenting where appropriate new product concepts

The role has an international dimension requiring regular interaction with the European business and the Global innovation hub to prioritise and align projects.

Person Specification

Qualifications: Degree in a science based discipline (Food/Nutrition/Biochemistry) and/or CIM qualified with a strong innovation background

Experience:  >5 years in a product management and/or innovation role preferably within a nutrition based business (foods, sports nutrition and supplements considered)

Knowledge: A blend of innovation and marketing skills with a technical and/or scientific background. A good knowledge of human nutrition with, in particular, sports nutrition being an advantage.

Skills & Key Competencies

A confident and articulate communicator able to present to customers and major retailers.

A highly numerate and intelligent individual.

A solid understanding and background in food manufacturing and the NPD process,

Familiarity with market research approaches

Able to undertake market and gap analysis

Strong appreciation of consumer needs and insight

Commercial acumen.

An outgoing and friendly personality.

Good organisation and planning capabilities.

A track record of building supplier relationships.

Willingness to be part of a wider team, supporting sales, marketing and supply teams in line with business demands.

A good understanding of nutrition

Self-motivated with an entrepreneurial style.

Full, clean UK driving license.

Eligibility to work and live in the UK.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and passionate about human nutrition. Strong consumer insight and commercial skills are important as you’ll also have to convince the wider team of your ideas and present new concepts to prominent retail customers. You will have the ability to work cross functionally, communicating with marketing, sales, export and supply teams (procurement).

We offer you

  • The opportunity to be part of an exciting and growing business
  • A dynamic and varied role
  • Company benefits

Please apply by uploading your CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role.

Please contact Geoff Collins (geoff@usn.co.uk) or Nicola Roke (nicola@usn.co.uk) with any queries about the role.

No agencies 

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Thank you in advance for your interest to join the team at USN UK. If you have not heard back from our team within 28 days of submitting your application, please consider your approach unsuccessful on this occasion